Monday, September 24, 2012

PHILIP B: 4 BAD HAIR HABITS, BUSTED!

As Hollywood's preeminent hair treatment expert, Philip B. has garnered international praise for his visionary approach to hair, scalp and body care. His award-winning blends are formulated with pure botanical ingredients and potent essential oils in concentrations that were previously unheard of in the industry. Delivering unparalleled results, Philip’s breakthrough formulations have dramatically changed the way the world perceives luxury care for hair and skin.  

Here are Philip’s four most unthinkable BAD HAIR HABITS and his advice on how to break them:

1. Brushing wet hair - Your hair is weaker and more elastic when wet, so brushing it can lead to breakage and split ends. Make sure to follow this styling commandment: Comb hair when it's wet and brush when it's dry.

2. Overdrying - If you have color- or chemically-treated hair and flat iron it often, beware! Heat styling tools and chemical treatments burn precious moisture out of your hair. Unless you replace that moisture with frequent botanical oil treatments (2-4 times per week), eventually it will start breaking off. To keep hair healthy, turn down the heat as much as you can and treat your hair to frequent oil treatments. I love my Rejuvenating Oil for this, but plain olive oil can work in a pinch.

3. Not protecting bleached hair - While it was tempting to dive in the pool during the hot summer, I’m sure it left your bleached strands looking a lot like greenish straw. Bleach is drying and makes your hair more porous, and chlorinated water also strips moisture from your hair – plus, it contains metals that can seep into your hair and leave a greenish tint. Now that summer is officially over, treat your hair by soaking it in a vinegar-and-water bath to help eliminate some of the remaining chlorine molecules. After that, an oil treatment is key to restoring moisture and shine. 

4. Neglecting to brush - A good brushing is an exfoliation treatment for your scalp. It stimulates cell turnover to make your hair stronger and healthier, drags the natural conditioning oils from your scalp to your ends to keep them shiny and moisturized and also buffs the hair cuticle to boost overall glossiness. But forget the old wives’ tale about brushing your hair 100 times each night – it's excessive and might be damaging. Instead, aim for 10-20 strokes, depending on the thickness of your hair. Tip: Use a pure boar bristle brush if you have fine, wispy hair; if your hair is normal to thick, look for a brush that contains a mix of natural boar's hair and nylon bristles. I use my own Philip B. brushes. You can also find good boar's hair brushes in fine department stores or salons.

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

Streekers and TouchBack BrowMarker Is Part Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Streekers and TouchBack BrowMarker just partnered with the National Breast Cancer Coalition in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The fundraising partnership will support potentially life-saving studies conducted by some of the world’s leading scientists to discover the cure for breast cancer and to help raise awareness.

Throughout the month of October, 100% of proceeds from the sales of Streekers in Pink and TouchBack BrowMarker in Blonde will be donated to the NBCC to help fund research supporting their goal of ending breast cancer by January 1, 2020.

TouchBack BrowMarker in Blonde was created specifically for women who have lost their brows due to chemotherapy. Streekers in Pink was chosen to be part of this campaign because … it’s PINK – the official color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink hair is hot right now and still going strong in young Hollywood. Nicole Richie, January Jones, Ashley Tisdale and Lauren Conrad all tried out the trend this year. Kristina Barricelli, the brand’s Creative Consultant and stylist to Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens and Kristen Chenoweth, recommends Streekers to her clients to temporarily brighten their strands with vibrant, eye-catching color. “You can have pink hair Saturday night and be office ready by Monday,” Barricelli explains. “This collaboration is an awesome way to be on trend and support BCA month.”
Streekers priced at $11.95 available at Ulta or Streekers website.
TouchBack BrowMarker priced at $19.95 available exclusively at the TouchBack website.

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

The Spice Goddess Takes On The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is available on 
Blu-ray, DVD and Movies On Demand!

Spice Goddess, Chef Bal Arneson (Food Network and Cooking Channel Canada) checked out the movie and filmed her take on the movie along with her recipe for Butter Chicken.

"Growing up vegetarian, I had never eaten butter chicken. The first time I tried it was
in a restaurant here in North America. Often I cook it with the low fat yogurt to make a nice sauce, but on special occasion, I add a little bit cream to give a very nice thick aromatic beautiful creamy sauce. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie is a special movie and is very close to my heart because every time I watch it takes me right back to my village in India. I had  several of my girlfriends over and I made this recipe and we ate it while watched the movie." 

Bal’s Butter Chicken
 
4 Tbsp grapeseed oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 Tbsp finely chopped garlic
1 Tbsp finely chopped ginger
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
1 Tbsp coriander seeds
1 Tbsp Garam Masala
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp ground turmeric
Salt to taste
1 cup tomatoes- diced
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into
bite-sized pieces
1 cup cream
1 cup water

Place the oil in a skillet over medium to high heat, add the onion, garlic and ginger
and saute until golden brown, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add the cumin seeds, coriander seeds and cook for 30 seconds.

Reduce the heat to low, add the garam masala, red pepper flakes, turmeric, and salt, and cook for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for 1 minute. Mix in the chicken and cook until the chicken is almost done, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the cream and water, and cook until the chicken is fully cooked, about 5 minutes. Serve it with basmati rice, nans and/or roties.


Where to purchase: You are able to purchase The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [Blu-ray] from Amazon for $29.99.

Disclosure: I was sent products for free to review for my honest opinion, from either a PR agency or a company. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

Scary Forest Movies

Scariest Movie Forests
Snow White and the Huntsman: Extended Edition was available on Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital Copy September 11, 2012

Filled with mysterious and deadly creatures, the ‘Dark Forest’ is one of the most dangerous places in the kingdom. Dare to read further as wetake a look at some of the most intimidating and scary forests in films, such as The Blair Witch Project, Wrong Turn and Cabin Fever.

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